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There is a dramatic increase in the number of children who are being affected by diabetes and obesity in America To help stop this trend sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks should be taken out of the vending machines in schools and replaced with healthier choices Some may argue that taking out the options it is taking away a students right to choose what they will and will not eat However by taking out the sugary drinks good habits are encouraged future diseases are avoided and a healthier generation is brought up Dr Margo Wooton from the Center for Science and Public Interest conducted a study in 2004 in which she researched how many vending machines on average are in American schools as well as what was in them In the United States 75 percent of all Junior high schools and 98 percent of all Senior high schools have vending machines Within those vending machines 75 percent of all beverage and 85 percent of snacks are of poor nutritional quality The average number of vending machines per high school was eight Some high schools have only one vending machine while others have as many as 22 vending machines Wooton 1 The USDA has put out strict regulations on school lunches in order to properly regulate what children are eating The regulations include the following no more than 30 percent of an individuals calories come from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat Regulations also establish a standard for school meals to provide one-third of the Recommended Daily Allowances of protein Vitamin A Vitamin C iron calcium and calories education Despite strict regulations schools are putting vending machines throughout the building This offers students as much soda candy and cookies as they desire After the lunch break the regulated amount of calories and fats has been exceeded if a child decides to consume more food at a vending machine Dr Wooton found in 9723 total
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